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Grizzlies ground Eagles in season-opener

Posted: Saturday, Nov 17th, 2012

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—The Adams State University Grizzly Women's Basketball squad went on a 24-6 run to close out the opening half en route to a 62-49 season-opening win over the Northern New Mexico Eagles on Friday night here at Plachy Hall.

With the loss, Northern New Mexico falls to 0-6 on the season.

The Grizzles, improve to 4-0 all-time against the Eagles, had four players in double figures in the scoring column in the second game of the 2012 Alamosa Tourism and Bankers Classic Tournament. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions opened the tournament with a 95-55 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State University earlier in the day.

Guard Ann Pauly led the way for the Grizzlies with 13 points, 9 points which came off three 3-pointers. Tessie Pikula was right behind her with 12 points while both Marissa Peterson and Keyondra White had 10 points.

White led the Grizzlies in assists with 6 total.

Deanne Reich and Elissa Betts each tallied 7 points while Mariah Gonzalez got into the scoring column with 3 points, all free throws.

Adams State scored 18 points off turnovers while Northern New Mexico scored 11.

The Eagles looked like they would be the ones controlling the tempo in the game by opening up a 13-point lead with just over ten minutes remaining in first half.

After several missed shots and a media timeout, the Grizzlies started their 24-6 run lead to take a 31-26 lead into the halftime break.

The lead is one they would not relinquish as they held on to the lead.

The Grizzlies will continue the tournament tomorrow when they top off with Oklahoma-Panhandle State at 6 p.m.

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